This module focuses on initiatives and training to stimulate entrepreneurship among students, suggesting ideas to train entrepreneurial teachers, presenting entrepreneurial projects carried out in schools and proposing methods to create a network and to find funds.
Innovative Entrepreneurial Experiences at Schools
Supporting entrepreneurship has never been as important as today. Enhancing entrepreneurship education in schools, vocational schools and universities will have a positive impact on entrepreneurial dynamism in our economies. Beyond its contribution to the creation of enterprises, including social enterprises, entrepreneurship education will increase indeed young people’s employability and will make them more “entrepreneurial” in their work and within existing organisations, in the social, public or private area”. (Trainers’ guide 2013). Entrepreneurship is one of the eight key competences of the European Lifelong Learning framework defined in 2006, and developing entrepreneurial competences is part of the measures of the 2012 communication from the European Commission entitled “Rethinking Education”. The role of entrepreneurship as an instrument to improve employability levels is also emphasised in “Annual Growth Survey 2013”. The first pillar of the action plan “Entrepreneurship 2020” proposed by the European Commission is to develop entrepreneurship education and training. Indeed, funding entrepreneurship education is one of the most profitable investments Europe can make. Surveys show that 15 to 20 % of the students who take part in a “junior achievement” programme (“creation and management of a small-sized company in a few months during the school year”) during secondary school later create their own business, thus three to five times more than the rest of the population. Whether or not they create a commercial or social enterprise afterwards, young people who have received entrepreneurial learning acquire knowledge about professions in companies as well as essential skills and competences, such as creativity, initiative, tenacity, team work, la understanding risks and a sense of responsibility. Thanks to this mindset entrepreneurs can turn ideas into actions and employability is increased. The “Innovative entrepreneurial experiences at school” module is part of this dynamics. It aims to inform teachers, educators, guidance counsellors… about implementing an enterprise project at school and how it would benefit. The module develops the several steps in creating an enterprise project at school, from teacher training to how an enterprise works, with search for funds such as crowdfunding. It also proposes teachers, educators, guidance counsellors … a series of best practices they can take inspiration from.
Chapter 1: European Context
Chapter 2: How to develop entrepreneurship at school
Chapter 3: Steps to carry out a business project at school
Chapter 4: creation of a network
Chapter 5 – Success stories
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Posted by S. Cabrerizo - Spain
The e-learning guide is very useful. Module 4, Innovative Entrepreneurial Experiences at Schools, provides easy examples for teachers.
The negative side is is that there is a lot of information in English, and sometimes it is difficult to follow it if you have an intermediate level of English. Moreover, as a suggestion, I think it could be a good idea to have it in a download version to print the most interesting parts.
Posted by Didier Cahour - France
This module is a little bit complex and theoretical. Good practices at the end are relevant.
Posted by Gabriela Vrabie - Romania
This module highlights a very important aspect of education: entrepreneurship education in schools, vocational schools and universities, which will definitely have a positive impact on entrepreneurial dynamism in our economies, on young people’s employability.
To this end it not only raises teachers and counsellors’ awareness about the benefits of enterprise projects but also provides them with invaluable tips on how to implement such enterprise projects at their own school. Teachers and counsellors will find practical advice on the necessary steps in creating an enterprise project at school, how an enterprise works or how to search for funds such as crowdfunding. The module also proposes teachers, educators or guidance counsellors a series of best practices to get inspired from.
Posted by Martine Prignon (AEDE-EL) - Belgium
The choice of topics and the study of them provide a valuable source of information to teachers, trainers, counselors...
The best practices and online resources add a useful complement to theory, by presenting concrete examples of experiences, projects, exchanges between peers...